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Royal College of Physicians Museum

Discover the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) museum in Regent’s Park – England’s oldest medical college.

Explore 500 years of medical history and art in London’s most extraordinary modernist building.

Collections range from portraits, providing a pictorial and sculptural record of presidents, fellows and other physicians associated with the RCP from its foundation in 1518 to the present, to the fascinating Symons collection of medical instruments, and the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars. Highlights include William Harvey’s demonstration rod, the RCP silver-gilt mace and six 17th century anatomical tables.

The RCP building is one of only a handful of post-war buildings that have been awarded Grade I listed status. Built by Denys Lasdun in 1964, it was designed specifically for the RCP.

The archive has the complete RCP annals, its founding charter, and papers of leading medical figures, whilst the library includes 30,000 books printed pre-1900, over one hundred incunables and the first book printed in the English language, in 1473. These collections can be accessed by appointment.

We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and both in person and digital events to explore.

Guided tours are available to book for groups, Monday – Friday. Explore 500 years of the RCP’s past, key developments in medical history and award-winning architecture through our in person or virtual building tours. The tours will be guided live by an expert from the RCP archive, library or museum team.

FREE taster tours of the building and collections are available to book on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 1.30 pm.

Plus join us on the first Thursday of the month for our Museum Lates when you can explore the Royal College of Physicians’ fascinating museum and current exhibition after hours, 5.30pm-8pm.